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#1 10 years ago

I want to determine the actual speed of the network connection in my LAN..It is quite a big network with 10 switches..each swith has about 15 pc hosts.. ANyone know how i can do this??? Plus if possible do it in windows??:confused:




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#2 10 years ago

Open control panel, select "Network Connections" and double click on the icon for the local area connection.

The speed of the network connection is displayed halfway down the screen.




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#3 10 years ago

Well that's theorical speed though, he asked for the "actual" speed ... so I guess testing with FTP transfers and monitoring on the servers would be a solution.




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#4 10 years ago

If you had a windows server you could run IIS and configure an FTP server on the LAN, however that would require domain admin rights and it doesn't allow for QoS which should be considered on a large network.

On a large network testing the actual throughput of the network can only really be accurately be done one way, and that is very likely (read, certain) to draw the net admins ire when people start complaining about "the server being broken". If I caught a user effectively bringing my network to a halt, preventing ~150 people from working because they wanted to find out what the connection speed was then they would be at danger of either losing their fingers from a close encounter with a CAT5 cabling tool, or losing their job when the IT Department complains to HR.

Either way, its not something I would recommend a user do. On a managed network if you need to know the connection speed more precisely than 10/100/1000 then your better and safer as a user asking your network administrator as he/she can give you this information as well as any QoS policies in place.




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#5 10 years ago

Hmm I guess I must have misunderstood something ... since he said "my LAN" I thought it was his own home network, however since he's talking about 10+ switches, I suppose it's not ^^'